The Japanese government will deploy some 500 Ground Self-Defense Force troops in the island city of Ishigaki to strengthen the defense of southwestern Japan remote islands, a government source said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Turkey has yet to apologise for downing a Russian jet on a bombing raid in Syria on Tuesday.
Wayne Rooney and John Terry are the only English Premier League players on the shortlist for the Fifpro World XI.
Away fans are banned from all football matches in France until mid-December following the attacks in Paris.
The number of child brides in Africa will more than double to 310 million by 2050 unless urgent action is taken, the UN's children's fund Unicef warns in a new report.
Half of banking jobs and branches could be scrapped in the next 10 years as smaller start-up firms take on traditional banks, says ex-Barclays boss.
At least 10 oil workers are killed in a helicopter crash in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, Russian officials say.
A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.
Colombian legislators pass a law which introduces long prison sentences for people convicted of attacking others with acid.
A US judge grants approval to a settlement of up to $8m (£5m) damages between Sony and employees affected by the 2014 hack of the firm's computers.
A demolition worker has survived after a 113-year-old smokestack fell on him in Alabama, US.
The publisher of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) has confirmed that it is in talks to sell the popular English-language newspaper.
Qatar's prime minister orders an inquiry after heavy rain exposed poor construction in the country set to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Capturing daily life in Raqqa under Islamic State
Huge pillow fights among US cadets to mark the end of summer training at the prestigious West Point military academy are to be banned.
The EU will give fresh impetus next month to Turkey's bid to join the 28-nation bloc by opening talks on economic policy, Turkey says.
Three of US DJ Casey Kasem's children and his brother sue the late star's widow for wrongful death in the latest move in a bitter family feud.
Spiders - and their prey - can be identified from the DNA they leave behind stuck on webs, say US scientists.
An Australian man films his terrifying trip through the heart of a bushfire.
A man who was filming on his phone while driving past a bushfire says he is lucky to be alive, after the flames engulfed his car.